With another Premier League season kicking off this weekend, we make our predictions for who will win the title, finish in the top four and suffer the heartbreak of relegation.
The Premier League is finally back this weekend, and this season is shaping up into one of the most exciting in the history of the English top-flight.
The world’s most entertaining league is awash with a number of the games top managers, with Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho joining the likes of Jurgen Klopp, Mauricio Pochettino, Arsene Wenger and of course, reigning champion, Claudio Ranieri, for what promises to be a breath-taking campaign.
Such a vast quality of managers makes it almost impossible to predict how things will unfold at the top end of the Premier League this season – a year Leicester, of all teams, look to retain the title won so spectacularly last season.
And you can be sure that it will be just as unpredictable at the bottom, with newly promoted trio Middlesbrough, Hull and Burnley all looking to survive their first season back among England’s elite clubs.
One thing for sure is that another electric Premier League season awaits, and though a ball hasn’t even been kicked yet, here is how we think it could finish up come May.
Under a master tactician in former Juventus and Italy boss, Conte, the Blues boast one of the world’s best managers.
A serial winner in Italy, Conte knows what is required to win silverware at the top of the game, and though the Premier League is a new league, a simply top class manager like the Italian will have no trouble adapting.
Conte and his team will also benefit from having no European football on offer this season, and having seen how Leicester used this to their advantage last season, the title is destined to return to Stamford Bridge.
Top Four: Man City, Man United & Tottenham
With the title heading back to west London, the Champions League places are all left to fight for.
Five teams will believe they can reach those coveted three spots, but it will be the two Manchester clubs and Spurs who secure them.
Winning the title will be a step too far for Guardiola in his debut campaign at City, with the Champions League to also juggle at the Etihad, but the Spaniard will still enjoy a strong campaign securing City’s place among Europe’s elite again.
The red half of Manchester will also secure a Champions League return, with Mourinho the sort of manager who will bin attempting to juggle the notoriously draining Europa League to concentrate on a successful domestic campaign.
Though some excellent signings have been made, United’s dire defence will prevent them winning the title, but a third place finish will be a positive season and forthcoming too.
That leaves Spurs, who have added shrewdly to their squad and retained a consistent look heading into the new season while other clubs adapt with new arrivals, to claim the last spot – signalling the end for Arsene Wenger at Arsenal who with finish in fifth, a place higher than Liverpool in 6th.
Relegation: Hull, Burnley & Swansea
The relegation fight looks harder than ever this year, with plenty of clubs in the mix for demotion to the Championship.
But, we think, it will be Hull, who have had a disastrous preparation ahead of the new season to finish bottom, with Burnley joining them on the way down, continuing their recent yo-yoing between the top two divisions.
As stated, numerous clubs are in with a shout of falling through the trap door – the likes of Watford, Middlesbrough, West Brom and Sunderland will all be wary – but this year will see the end of Swansea’s top-flight run, with Francesco Guidolin’s side to endure a poor season culminating in relegation.
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